Saturday, June 21, 2014

My new Mac and my first Mac

I ordered my new iMac last night and it should be here next week!
This got me thinking about all the different computers I have had over the years (Mostly Mac) and how they have changed.

I purchased my  first computer in 1981.  It was was a Commodore VIC20 and, for me, it was more of a toy than a computer since I didn't have a clue what to do with it!

My first "real" computer was one of the early early laptops.  It was a 1984 HP110 that I used to program Fire and Security equipment.

My first Apple computer was a MacSE, which I purchased new in 1988. I also purchased an Apple dot matrix printer called an ImageWriter.

The Mac SE had a 9" CRT Monochrome Screen at 512 x 342, an 8 MHz Motorola Processor, 1 MB of RAM, a 40 MB Hard Drive, integraded VRAM, and a 3.5 inch 720 KB Floppy Drive.  There was no Network Card, Modem, CD / DVD Drive, or WiFi.  It cost about $3100.  If you figure in the rate of inflation over the years, the Mac SE would sell for over $6000 today!  The ImageWriter Printer was about $650 which would be over $1000 today!  I don't think that my raises over the years have quite kept pace with inflation because there is no way that I could afford $7000 for a computer today!

My new iMac has a 27" LED Back lit LCD Screen that supports 2560 x 1440 with millions of colors.  It has a 3.5GHz Quad Core i7 Intel Processor,  16 GB of Ram, a 3 TB Fusion Drive, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, and all the other bells and whistles that you would expect on a computer like this.
This computer costs $2699 which is less than the Mac SE was new!

This leaves me wondering ....... What will computers be like 25 years from now?!

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